A whole town using just the materials around! I teach kindergarten, so we try to make our activities hands-on and exciting for students to learn from doing. For this activity, we headed outside to begin a sand pit creation. We were working to create a town that included a structure of some kind built by each student. Some students choose to work as a group because they wanted to create together. Typically the sand pit is used for long jump, but today we made it into so much more!
I kept the materials to a minimum, but did offer some basic materials to students. I brought out a bucket of water, some popsicle sticks and access to small stones.
Students happily created for the whole period (40 minutes). They were able to explain what part of the land they created and tell all of the parts of their creation. I always love watching as students come up with ideas that never crossed my mind. They used plants/grass to create forests in their town and stones to represent water/moats. Our end result was a beautiful land made by little hands.
I am hoping that students continue with building and creating over the summer and even in the snow and maybe make a creation on their own. My ultimate goal is that after given the opportunity at school, they will play in sand, soil and puddles at home and get messy, explore, learn and most importantly have fun!